Brewed by Brouwerij Bosteels
Style: Abbey Tripel
Buggenhout, Belgium


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RATINGS: 3259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
Bottle conditioned.
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, - NOV 12, 2012
Bottle - decants a golden hued hazed ale with a 3 finger meringue cap. lively natural carbonation, Medium bodied but light spritzy character - probably the result of both wheat and oats in the grain bill. Aroma is ambrosia - sweet toffee with succulent fruits, some citrus, musty yeast tones and spicey hopping. Flavour and mouth feel are lush, chewy malts in front well balanced with sharp hopping and big fruitiness - middle is complex where flavors develop...vanilla, peach, spice, citrus - finish goes dry and lightly bitter with a sharp hop bite at the end then a pleasing warming. Hides its alcohol well. A very pleasant, soothing and drinkable tripel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jacobarts (34) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2016
330ml. Bottle @ unibar. Yellow like morning urin. Medium white head. Aroma of wheat and soap. Has a nice body, feels good the in the mouth. Fine taste. Not my favorite or most experienced style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mishnok (55) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2016
From bottle. Hazy gold with large white foamy head. Slightly yeasty, citrus aroma. Taste of vanilla, biscuit, pear and banana. Very refreshing beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bpreo (2470) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2016
I’m not a fan of this flavor. It’s kind of funky. Sampled at the Tap & Growler, Eugene, OR.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Adamsville (178) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
C’est dommage que j’aie égaré mes notes de dégustation pour cette bière, car je me rappelle avoir été agréablement surpris par l’éventail des arômes qu’elle a à offrir. Malt mielleux, pain, banane, fruits jaunes à noyau, légère amertume. Tout ça dans une bière qui descend trop bien!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
likeatrainwreck (421) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2016
Pours hazy golden yellow with a massive white head. Soft malty body with bread, esters, banana... Mild bitterness, drinks below it’s ABV. Great tripel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vinivini (1186) - BELARUS - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle traded from YantarCoast. Thanks. Pours straw yellow with big dense white head which stays for long. Thick lacing there is. The aroma reveals massive spicy yeast, wheat, corn & some fruit. Medium to full body. Oily texture. Malty & yeasty taste. White bread, spices, slight alcoholic touch, corn. Light bitterness appears at ending. Strangely I’m getting a feel of an well-muscled witbier drinking this. A good beer. Still I can’t get why it’s considered to be the best Tripel of Belgian origin. I’ve had a few more interesting examples.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TychoJames (1015) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2016
Flaska bishops Örebro. Halmgul och disig kulör. Doft av jäst, koriander, gröna bananer och säd. Liknande i smak. Viss sömta i eftersmak utan märkvärd beska.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MustangMarkF (244) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2016
Certainly one of the best triples around. Pours a slight orangey somewhat hazy body but has a lovely clean taste with hints of fruit and spice on the finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (435) - Oklahoma, USA - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy light yellow with a huge white head that lasts. Nose is vanilla, caramel, and Belgian yeast. Taste follows, with a hint of banana. Delicious.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (355) - - JUL 14, 2016
On draught at Cafe Benelux, Milwaukee. Appearance: slightly hazy deep golden, with a thick frothy white head that lingers with brilliant lacing. Aroma: A fruity burst of pear and banana, with some sweet lemony/ orange rind and apple. Taste: Strong, sweet wheaty maltiness, with strong Belgian yeast esters of clove, pear, and light banana. A touch of light pepper shows up on the backside, followed by a light bitterness just enough to prevent the beer from being cloyingly sweet. Mouthfeel: Medium body with a light creaminess and moderately high carbonation. A touch of alcohol warmth. Finish: Lingering spicy clove, per, and banana esters. Overall: A truly world class beer, with a brilliant showcase of fruity Belgian yeast esters. Complex apple, pear, banana, and clove aroma and flavors throughout, all while hiding the true strength of the beer. Also, can’t underestimate the beautiful, long lasting head that displays wonderful lacing.

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